Unintended consequences could cause trouble for proposed 40-mile loop

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A major concern about the proposed 40-mile traffic loop for Memorial Day weekend is how far it would actually spread traffic along the Grand Strand.

During a Coastal Alliance meeting held Wednesday, Surfside Beach Mayor Doug Samples voiced his concerns about Memorial Day traffic and possible criminal activity making it's way down the south strand which is more residential than Myrtle Beach.

Horry County Chairman Mark Lazarus says he can see where problems could arise.

"Well, that's the unintended consequence, we start spreading people into areas they aren't familiar with; haven't been to aren't used to; maybe their hotel rooms aren't in that area, maybe where they are staying where their friends are; they get lost that could happen we want to prevent those unintended consequences from happening."

Lazarus says the Coastal Alliance hopes to hold some sort of public forum on the final traffic plan as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on organizing resources for Memorial Day.

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